Sunday, December 29, 2013


It was the second sweep of a home and home of a division leader for the Express this season. Earlier it was Penticton. Now coming out of the Christmas break the Express did it to the Langley Rivermen taking game 2 by a 3-2 score.

Marc Biega picked up right where he left off the night before where he had 3 goals and an assist and added 2 more goals to pace the Express attack Sunday.

The Express defenceman struck for his 4th goal of the weekend blasting home a one timer on a feed from Adam Rockwood on the power play.

This game much like Saturday's had it's fair share of animosity between the two clubs which only seems to be growing.

John Saunders and Joey Santucci seem to be two key targets of the Rivermen ire. They were both involved in some of the extra curricular activity that was prominent in the first two periods.

Like Saturday the Express made Langley pay when on the power play.

Ryan Rosenthal struck on a 5 on 3 to give the Express a 2-0 lead with a blast from the left circle.

Tyson Witala cut the Express lead in half 3:37 into the second period.

The Express had a response and again it was Biega 4 on 4 as he took a pass from Adam Rockwood as he snuck in backdoor and had the time to go to the backhand and put it past Brock Crossthwaite for his second of the game and 5th goal of the weekend to go with his assist Saturday for a 6 point performance in the home and home.

Considering most of the BCHL is still on their Christmas break, and there's not too many candidates, Biega's performance makes him a pretty simple choice for player of the week one would think.

Tyson Witala scored his second of the night on the power play midway through the second period to again cut the Express lead to one.

From that point forward the Express shut the Rivermen down.

They limited their number of quality scoring chances, and when they did break through, Pierce Dushenko shut the door as he made 19 saves to post the victory.

This win against Langley is another reminder of how the Express can not only compete, but succeed against the top teams in the BCHL. They have shown an ability at various points this season how they can shut down any team in the league when they focus on their defensive side of the game. It's being able to find that focus for a stretch of more than two games which is the real challenge as the Express seek consistency in their game. 

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